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Differential Privacy for Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis: An Introduction to our Blog Series

July 27, 2020

Message from Re-Cities: We are strong supporters of using tech, data, and digital twins to help accelerate smarter and greener communities and cities around the world. To do so, we would want to aggregate and analyze data to learn trends, but in a way that protects privacy!!

Last year NIST launched a Privacy Engineering Collaboration Space to aggregate open source tools, solutions, and processes that support privacy engineering and risk management. Let's learn together!!

Linked article written by Joseph Near, David Darais, and Kaitlin Boeckl

How Digital Twins of Smart Cities Will Develop

By Phil Goldstein

Cities need to evolve their approaches to technology as they continue to face challenges such as congestion, pollution and crime, as well as new threats such as cyberattacks, climate change, and other emerging issues. 

“This new reality requires new approaches, leveraging a range of new technologies to create true strategy shifts,” said Dominique Bonte, vice president for end markets at ABI Research, in a statement.

One of the strategic shifts ABI identified in a recently released white paper, “5 Ways Smart Cities Are Getting Smarter,” that can help cities push ahead on smart city initiatives is the use of digital twin technology. Digital twins combine numerous technologies to create full-scale digital versions of real-world objects and processes, changing how cities are designed, monitored and managed.

Early Innovators at the Forefront of Digital Twin Technology for Commercial Buildings

June 01, 2020

By Daphne Tomlinson, Senior Research Associate at Memoori

Digital Twins, virtual models of a process, product or service that allow for data analysis and system monitoring via simulations, are playing an increasing role in IoT and digital transformation in buildings. Projects today span multiple building sectors, including commercial real estate, retail, infrastructure, smart cities, smart campuses and healthcare facilities.

Deloitte predicted in 2019 that the digital twin is the next industry-wide disruption in real estate. The nascent market for digital twin platforms in smart commercial buildings has attracted early innovators offering a diverse range of use cases, who are challenging the established vendors of IT and building management systems with disruptive solutions. Incumbent BIoT players with digital twin solutions include Siemens, Johnson Controls, Schneider Electric, Honeywell, IBM and Microsoft.

Drone Surveying for BIM and GIS Data Capture – Malaysian Metro Megaproject

MMC (MMC Gamuda Joint Venture) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, used unmanned aerial vehicles to quickly capture hundreds of high-quality images and infinite amounts of data along the project corridor, processing images with ContextCapture to deliver accurate 3D reality meshes of the sites. Using ProjectWise to establish an open, connected data environment provided the interoperability to make the reality models available across cloud-based BIM and GIS data platforms, enhancing understanding of existing site conditions. MMC generated digital twins of its construction sites and developed integrated workflows that helped expand the applications of reality modeling.

Bentley Systems, Microsoft and Schneider Electric re-imagine future workplaces with sensors, sustainability, IoT and AI

March 12, 2020

By Microsoft Asia News Center

In collaboration with Bentley Systems and Schneider Electric, Microsoft has rolled out a digital twin of its new regional headquarters at Frasers Tower in Singapore, offering a living blueprint for the future of smart buildings.

“The workplace of the future is about embracing innovation into the very fabric of our space, so that we create multiple touchpoints of connectivity, are intentionally inclusive and accessible, while being very mindful of sustainability and the environment. At Frasers Tower in Singapore, we worked closely with Bentley Systems and Schneider Electric to implement sensors and telemetry to create a connected workplace, that allows us to adjust the space based on usage, therefore improving energy efficiency,” said Ricky Kapur, VP for Sales, Marketing and Operations for Microsoft in Asia Pacific.

You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

March 10, 2020

Big decision on Sidewalk Labs coming up in May, 2020. We support Sidewalks Labs' ideas... but with a little more transparency and citizen inclusion on data privacy. We hope Sidewalk gets approved!!

NSW Government launches NSW Spatial Digital Twin

February 24, 2020

By William Maher

The New South Wales Government launched the NSW Spatial Digital Twin, a digital representation of 8,500 square kilometres in Western Sydney.

Anyone can use a web browser to view the virtual environment, though authorized users can log-in for access to additional data sets. 

The virtual environment is one of largest of its type, according to the NSW Government. It includes more than half a million buildings, 20,000 km of roads, 22 million trees and 7,000 strata plans.

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